I would have looked to bowl as well if I had won the toss. I’m thankful as well because the dew factor has gone out of play. I feel that players have to stand up for themselves. Finch comes in, and Rana and Baba Indrajith in. Varun, Mavi, and Billings are out.
I think the wicket is slightly on the drier side and dew will come in, in the second half. Our strength has been backing each other and sticking together. Just two changes: Khaleel and Sarfaraz are out. Mitch and Sakariya are in. Mitch is out of quarantine and Khaleel pulled his hamstring last match.
Indian Premier League 2022 Points Table
“We started off really slow and lost a couple of wickets. The wicket was holding a bit at the start but I still feel that the total was pretty low on this wicket and obviously the way we played in the first half, there are no excuses for that. We need to go back and assess where we went wrong. [On the constantly changing opening pairs] It’s been really difficult for the last few games because we are not able to set the right opening pair because a lot of chopping and changing is happening because some of the players are getting injured in between the games. It’s really difficult to have a stable batting lineup as well as bowling.
When you are playing this league
you need to have the right combination right from the first game. If you click, you can take it from there. I think we need to stick with what we’ve got right now and play some fearless cricket, not be very conservative in terms of decision-making. We have five matches remaining so we need to play our heart out and give everything for the franchise. [Asked how to play fearless when players aren’t performing] I think we need to tell them to stop thinking. Forget about performances in the past. Just start off fresh and back your instincts.
has been on point for everyone. It’s just the mindset where you need to sit back and just think about what you can do right, be overconfident. It’s fine. Even if you go wrong, it’s all right. [On Umesh] He started off pretty well with a wicket. After that, he went for 11 runs in an over and momentum shifted completely towards the other team I feel. But after that, the way he came back and gave me two wickets. He’s been one of those guys who has given me that hard… not a hard time, but he has given me special moments in the game. Whenever I give him the ball, he is ready to perform, and also on the field, he is always ready to do something brilliant. It’s really good that he’s been performing consistently and it’s good to have him in the team.”
Indian Premier League 2022 Fixture
“A bit of pressure but I keep trusting the wicket. I think it’s a pretty good wicket, it’s just a wicket that’ll take an extra five or seven balls to get in on, not a lot of cross-batted shots on it. But it was a pretty good wicket. It wasn’t spinning or anything so I just keep trusting the wicket and trusting myself. We think [the total] was short. We said, that once we don’t give early wickets, get to 40 or 50 for 2 at the end of the Powerplay, just keep the momentum and we’ll be okay.
It’s very important. It gives me confidence personally also. At the start of the competition, it wasn’t the best. But I know I am in good form, so I keep trusting myself, keep trusting the work I did before IPL, and keep trusting the work I did in the nets before these games. I think it’s a feel-good factor. A lot of bases have been covered. It’s just for us now to put the pieces together. Whatever team Ricky and the captain put on the park, I think it’s a real competitive team.”
Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Highlights today, Thursday 28-4-2022. 41st Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
DC won the toss, chose to bat second.
Delhi Capitals team: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 David Warner, 3 Rishabh Pant (capt&wk), 4 Mitchell Marsh, 5 Lalit Yadav, 6 Axar Patel, 7 Rovman Powell, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Chetan Sakariya
Kolkata Knight Riders team: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Venkatesh Iyer, 6 B Indrajith (wk), 7 Rinku Singh, 8 Andre Russell, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Harshit Rana
Indian Premier League 2022 Teams
[On the feeling at 80 for 5 in the chase] Obviously we were thinking that we lost too many wickets in the middle, but if we take the game deep because there were not enough runs needed at that point, then we thought if we take it deeply we will get across the line. Obviously, it’s good to have Marsh back. But Khaleel got injured in the last match. Once he’s back, I think we will be 100%. [On his low catch] In practice I have been keeping enough and it was one of my best catches of the season. [Rovman Powell as a finisher] Most of all we have thought about time to give him a certain number of overs. But in these kinds of situations when you lose too many wickets, he has to come in.
But we look at him
in a finisher role and he has done well for us. We are not thinking too much about the points table. We are taking it one match at a time. We can be more clear with our plans because when you are under pressure if you are clear with your plans, that one or two extra boundaries can be the difference in the match. That’s something we are working on, a little bit more energy in the field. [On not giving Kuldeep a fourth over]. I was thinking to give him another over from this end. Then we thought he’d get the over from the other end. The ball was getting wet because of that so we thought it was better to give it to a fast bowler. I stopped him to give him a change of pace in the match. It didn’t work in our favor but it’s part and parcel of the game.”
Head to head
Total matches played: 30
DC Won: 13
KKR Won: 16
Kuldeep Yadav is the Player of the Match.
[Asked about his competition with Chahal in the Indian team, translated into English] “He encouraged me a lot. He has been like a big brother and stood by me during my bad times. In my heart, I want him to go and win the Purple Cap because he has been bowling exceptionally over the past four years.”
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Anil Chaudhary, Pashchim Pathak
TV Umpires – Nitin Menon
Match Referee – Daniel Manohar
Reserve Umpire – Akshay Totre
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 41st Match